Sugaring is the process of dehydrating a food, then packing it with pure sugar. This sugar can be crystalline in the form of table or raw sugar, or it can be a high sugar density liquid such as honey, syrup or molasses. Sugaring is commonly used to preserve fruits as well as vegetables such as ginger (Wikipedia, nd).
Difficulty to learn: Hard
Ideas For Ingredients To Use:
Sugaring is a preservation technique that has arguable fallen by the wayside. Probably because it involves preserving a food with pure sugar. However, it remains a feasible way to preserve foods such as ginger or apples that may otherwise spoil, and can make for a tasty treat.
What You Will Need:
Sugaring actually involves very few ingredients, but involves working with boiling sugar so it can be both messy and dangerous. Use care when attempting to sugar a food. Below is the setup necessary for creating sugared ginger, but use this as a baseline for sugaring other foods.
- 4 quart saucepan (with lid)
- Food of your choice to be sugared (in this case, one pound of fresh ginger root)
- 1 pound of granulated sugar
- 5 cups of water
- Scale (to measure weight of the food)
- Nonstick cooling rack
Sugaring is a complicated process to get right, so here is a detailed recipe on how to sugar your ginger. It can also help with inspiration for other foods to sugar.
Tips For You:
- Use safety at all times when dealing with boiling water and sugar. Use protective gloves if you have them available, and eye wear is strongly recommended.
- Just because your food is sugared doesn’t mean it will last forever. Try to use your sugared good in a timely manner!